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Almost a week into my ownership now. And I want to get some recommendations from the forum on riding jackets. The motorcycle jacket i have now is a sort of partial leather with minimal padding. And while riding my SS-S when I get around 65mph I have to hold on for dear life because the airflow on this bike is different from others I have ridden. I'm seeking advice on jackets that take on the wind better. What observations and advice can you guys (and gal... there might be 2 on here lol) offer me. What works for you?
 

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Almost a week into my ownership now. And I want to get some recommendations from the forum on riding jackets. The motorcycle jacket i have now is a sort of partial leather with minimal padding. And while riding my SS-S when I get around 65mph I have to hold on for dear life because the airflow on this bike is different from others I have ridden. I'm seeking advice on jackets that take on the wind better. What observations and advice can you guys (and gal... there might be 2 on here lol) offer me. What works for you?
Get the best, Dainese.
 

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Thanks to everyone for the input. I now have to do my research!
 

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Thanks to everyone for the input. I now have to do my research!
Where abouts are you?
You may find a more fitted leather jacket help airflow the best, the touring screen which is slightly larger may also improve the airflow for you. It's a case of what works for you. Depends also on where and when you ride, does it need a thermal lining? Should it be waterproof? Should it be vented, perhaps you should think about a couple of riding jackets?


Just enjoy your bike.
 

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Get the best, Dainese.
Totally Agree - you cannot go past Dainese, but please get some advice on how it should fit if you're not too sure! So many people buy jackets which are "big enough to fit a nice sweater underneath in the colder weather" - If you do this then the jacket will never fit you properly and protect you properly without the sweater underneath. Good motorcycle jackets have fitted armour and the jacket should fit as tightly as is comfortably possible with your "normal" undergarments on. That way the body armour will remain in place and protect you in the event of a spill. The correct fitting of all motorcycle clothing is vitally important
 

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Exact, when standing straight, the jacket must be tight on the torso and relax slightly when in position on the motorcycle. But the waist arms should be adjusted as close to the body as possible.
 

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You might need a few jackets depending on where you live. I have 3 full Armour. 1 Full leather minimal leather for fall and spring weather. (temps 30 to 60 F) 1 leather perforated (temps 60 - 75 F) 1 fabric for 75 + f. For pant I use diamond gusset defenders most of the time. For cold weather riding i have a pair of Aerostitch pants. On my touring bike I can easily ride in the 20F without feeling the cold.

As a retired pro - I would always recommend protection - road rash or worse is no fun.
 

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You might need a few jackets depending on where you live. I have 3 full Armour. 1 Full leather minimal leather for fall and spring weather. (temps 30 to 60 F) 1 leather perforated (temps 60 - 75 F) 1 fabric for 75 + f. For pant I use diamond gusset defenders most of the time. For cold weather riding i have a pair of Aerostitch pants. On my touring bike I can easily ride in the 20F without feeling the cold.

As a retired pro - I would always recommend protection - road rash or worse is no fun.
I use a textile suit for going around and about, and the Dainese D2 avro for the more serious rides. I live in a warm climate and none of mine are perforated.
I use a 1pc ducati cool down undersuit and it works well for winter and summer.
 

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All these options are great. Thing to consider is your wallet. Having multiple suits is great, but will take time to acquire. I also have several...from 3 premium race suits to 2 textile riding suits to single jackets...to 6 helmets. I did not buy them all at once, but instead over several years. Buy what you need when you need it. Revzilla.com is a good place for research and buying. Start there.

Sizing will also be a problem as they vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Typically, European manufacturers tend to run slimmer than those made by US manufacturers...or those made for US consumption. Branding is another hurdle as some are considered the best, like Dainese and others are pure junk, however you can still get junk from time to time from the premium manufacturers. Time, research and trial and error will serve you best. Good luck.
 

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Forget 'brands'. The Dainese lightweight textile mesh jackets sold where I live are total and absolute junk. A complete rip-off being 3 times the price of comparable no brand Chinese junk (and that's all theses jackets are, just with a brand name sewn on), being sold to unsuspecting customers who think they are doing the right thing paying a massive premium for a 'brand'. They come with no back protector, flimsy elbow and shoulder protectors, and are made of tissue thickness fabric. They offer virtually no more protection than a cloth jacket.

Learn what really constitutes quality and safe protective motorcycle gear. Lean just how quickly 500 Cordura will wear through (less than a second). Understand with textile clothing that the sticker saying it is CE certified means in 95% of the cases this is just the protectors in the garment. The whole garment rarely is because it won't pass the tests. Expect the seams to burst open and the fabric wear through if you come off.

Learn that Kevlar lined jeans of itself doesn't mean a whole lot. It is principally the weave of the Kevlar that makes the difference between little better than normal heavy denim, and near race grade leather. If the Kevlar jeans are light and cool, guess what? Good ones are heavy and hot because they are full of 'shaggy pile' weave Kevlar fabric.

Leather aren't leather. That's a whole topic of itself.

Look for whole garment CE Certified. At least level 1, and preferably level 2. To my knowledge you can't buy a pair of level 2 garment certified textile pants. I'm only aware of one line in one brand that makes level 2 CE certified jeans.

If you just riding to the shops, sure a lightweight pair of Kevlar lined jeans, fully armored good fabric weight textile jacket (with CE 2 level protectors including back) and proper boots will do the job. For open road and track you are really just kidding yourself if you believe this is good enough for an 80+mph get off.

Yes the top line leather gear of the big brands is generally whole garment CE level 2. But much of their product line is not. Without independent testing who can saw how good it is? That's why a less well know brand that has been independently tested (CE certified, level 2) may be a far better buy (price and performance). Forget reliance on 'brands' as a guarantee of quality, it's not. Understand what really makes a safe and quality product.
 

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I run a dainese fighter jacket, and alien pants. Both high quality products, though i do run into problems with the lining getting caught in the zipper. I followed the dainese sizing chart and when i got my jacket, i couldn;t really wear it with the liner inserted, too tight. Liner out is good. What those other guys all said about having multiple suits is also true. I mean, you have a ducati, if you don't have disposable income to spend on gear, you made the wrong choice, everything about these bikes is expensive. I used to work in retail at a ski shop, we had a product clinic, and one of the reps addressed the "why is it so expensive" question. He said that you don't pay to notice how awesome some feature on the jacket is, you pay to finish the day and say, "wow, i didn't think about my jacket all day because it caused me no problems".
 

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. What those other guys all said about having multiple suits is also true. I mean, you have a ducati, if you don't have disposable income to spend on gear, you made the wrong choice, everything about these bikes is expensive.


Probably gonna get some flak for this, but REALLY, you make it sounds as if Ducatis are only for the rich/affluent and comes off a bit snobbish IMHO. :|
 
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